The Current Affairs Committee is responsible for exploring the role of local and regional authorities with regard to the major challenges of our society and preparing work on thematic issues such as social cohesion, education, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, youth participation, integration of migrants, protection of children, and gender equality from the point of view of the Council of Europe’s core values. Recently, new challenges have surfaced to which the Congress - in particular through its Current Affairs Committee - reacted, elaborating coherent and credible policies for preventing radicalisation, for the management of migration and the improvement of integration policies.

In the framework of its mandate, the Current Affairs Committee prepares reports, including a resolution and/or recommendation presented for adoption during the Congress sessions. It organises debates on current affairs, urgent situations and crises affecting local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe member states, with a view to recommending concrete responses.

It may also propose activities to the Bureau for advancing local and regional democracy, in accordance with the priorities set by the Congress, and organise conferences, hearings and other events on matters within its specific terms of reference and which are linked to its work programme.  Furthermore, it prepares the Congress contribution to other Council of Europe activities that come within its competence.

In addition, the Committee follows the activities of and maintains working relations with the relevant Council of Europe bodies, in particular the subsidiary bodies of the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, according to the issues that it treats.

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“It is our responsibility to build strong, resilient communities where hatred or intolerance cannot find root” says Thomas Andersson at the 4th European Policy Dialogue Forum

Current Affairs Committee 14 November 2022 Barcelona, Spain

“We are at a crossroad when it comes to the polarisation in our society, and cities and regions will be key in making sure we take the right path”, warned Thomas Andersson, Chair of the Current Affairs Committee (Sweden, ILDG), at the 4th European Policy Dialogue Forum, under the theme ‘Social...

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Climate strategies must involve local and regional authorities

Current Affairs Committee 26 September 2022 Izmir, Türkiye

Congress Spokesperson on Environment and Climate Change, Cemal Baş (Türkiye, EPP/CCE), participated in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)’s meeting of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians for a healthy environment in Izmir, Türkiye on 23 September 2022. "It is clear...

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Current Affairs Committee: Refugee women and children, environment and human rights, local and regional media on the agenda

Current Affairs Committee 14 September 2022 Remote

The Congress Current Affairs Committee met remotely on 14 September 2022. On the agenda was a report on " the reception of women and children refugees in Europe’s cities and regions", which follows a Congress visit to Poland in July 2022. The report examines the specific needs of women and...

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Meeting 14.09.2022 Meeting 14.09.2022

Meeting of the Current Affairs Committee

Chair Chair

Thomas Andersson
Chair of the Current Affairs Committee
Sweden, ILDG
Councillor, Region of Jämtland Härjedalen

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